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James Halliday

james halliday-01Respected wine critic and vigneron James Halliday has a career that spans over 40 years, but he is most widely known for his witty and informative writing about wine.

As one of the founders of Brokenwood in the Lower Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, and thereafter founder of Coldstream Hills in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, James is an unmatched authority on every aspect of the wine industry, from the planting and pruning of vines through to the creation and marketing of the finished product. His winemaking has led him to sojourns in Bordeaux and Burgundy, and he is constantly in demand as a wine judge in Australia and overseas.

James has contributed to more than 56 books on wine since he began writing in 1979. His books have been translated into Japanese, French, German, Danish and Icelandic, and have been published in the UK, the US and Australia. He is also the author of James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia and The Australian Wine Encyclopedia.

Rating Guide

94-100 Outstanding. Wines of the highest quality, usually with a distinguished pedigree.

90-93 Highly recommended. Wines of great quality, style and character, worthy of a place in any cellar. wines.

87-89 Recommended. Wines of above-average quality, fault-free and with clear varietal expression.

84-86 Fair to good. Wines with plenty of flavour (usually varietal) and good balance; free of technical faults.

80-83 Everyday wines. Price is particularly relevant; represent good value.

75-79 Also tasted: usually wines with some deficiency, technical or otherwise.